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That the generation to come might know . . . (Psalm 78:6).

God’s Word tells us of the importance of children in the eyes of God. In Russia and her neighboring countries, generations are growing up with little or no knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and reaching them with the Gospel is critical.

Russian children and their families face monumental challenges. Economic conditions have been unstable since the Soviet collapse, and even two decades after the end of atheistic communism, millions are left with an enormous spiritual vacuum. Parents want better lives for their children, and they are deeply grateful when caring local church workers show genuine love to their little ones. Because of this, evangelical churches have tremendous opportunities for evangelistic outreach and discipleship ministries dedicated to children. Best of all, as the children are shown Christ’s love through the local church and believe the Gospel, the children often become the evangelists to reach their whole families.

Children are the church of tomorrow, and whether it’s through SGA-sponsored summer camps, orphan ministry or Sunday schools, the God-given opportunities to reach them are truly vast.

Rejoicing in St. Petersburg and in Heaven!

Not long ago, we shared a prayerful report from Irina Orlova, who serves as coordinator of the SGA-sponsored Orphans Reborn ministry in St. Petersburg, Russia. At the time, her grandson had been in the hospital, and while there visiting him, she met a young man named Vlad—also a patient. Together, Irina, her daughter-in-law, and her grandson shared their faith in Christ with Vlad. And now, Irina shares a joyful update with you, our faithful partners in prayer and ministry.

Prayer Update for Summer Camps

In recent days, we have become aware of renewed threats against children’s summer camp ministries. Published reports and other in-country sources say these threats are coming from authorities in one of the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.

A God-Planned Reunion

One day Irina Orlova went to the hospital to visit her recovering grandson (Andriusha). On her arrival, Irina’s daughter-in law told her that there were six teenage boys along with Andriusha in the hospital room. Not only was God the focus of their discussion, one of the boys was vocally witnessing his faith along with young Andriusha.

Little Elya: A Broken Heart Finding Hope and Healing in Christ

This past December, our Orphans Reborn teams were traveling to children’s homes, social centers, and villages where poverty, despair and darkness reign. We held 14 Christmas outreaches, covered around 1,200 miles, and distributed gifts to more than 1,000 children. For many, this was their first real Christmas and they listened so attentively to the true story of Christmas.

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